The Africapitalism research project seeks to explore the constraint, enablers and framing of the private sector in Africa’s sustainable development.

This project aims to contribute to the re-imagination of capitalism in Africa by examining the uniqueness of Africapitalism and how it differs from (and or similar to) other attempts to reshape capitalism such as inclusive capitalism, responsible capitalism, conscious capitalism and others.

The study will focus primarily on business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs engaged in Africapitalism, even if they do not currently label their practices as such, to see how Africapitalism is enacted in practice, and how the Africapitalism philosophy shapes strategic business and policy decisions. It will also capture the views and roles of policy makers and the civil society in rethinking capitalism in Africa.

The project studies four countries: Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. A further element of the research will involve comparative analyses of the four countries, drawing out the theoretical and policy/practice implications of the study and the other elements of the overall project.

The study will lead to academic outputs, through journal articles and a book, as well as impact outputs through briefing documents and any other appropriate media, including web-sites, blogs and Twitter conduits. The project will also have a dissemination conference in Africa in 2015.

The project is an international partnership involving nine universities with the University of Edinburgh (UK) overseeing the entire project:

  • Pan Atlantic University – Lagos Business School (Nigeria)
  • Strathmore Business School (Kenya)
  • University of Loughborough (UK)
  • University of Nottingham (UK)
  • University of Durham (UK)
  • York University (Canada)
  • University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • University of Grand-Bassam (Cote d’Ivoire)

We are delighted that our Africapitalism article has now been granted an open access status which means it can be downloaded by anyone without restrictions. This is particularly good for scholars in Africa who might not have such access. The article is available on the Taylor & Francis website.

In 2015 we disseminated our Africapitalism final report:

For more information about the project, or for an accessible version of the Africapitalism report, please contact us: